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East Africa

13. Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his assessment is of the contribution being made by faith-based NGOs in tackling housing and poverty issues in east Africa. [197152]

Hilary Benn: Faith-based organisations play an important role in East Africa, both in rural and urban areas. In informal settlements they often provide leadership to enable slum dwellers to organise themselves in dealing with concerns over land, infrastructure and services. This sometimes brings them into conflict with municipal authorities and vested interests. The poor have limited access to resources and services, and the support and voice offered by faith-based organisations is highly valued.

Palestinian Territories

14. Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on his Department's work in the Palestinian territories. [197153]

Hilary Benn: DFID is working with partners to help end conflict and create a viable Palestinian state that will reduce poverty. A Country Assistance Plan for Palestinians, published in July, provides a comprehensive statement of DFID's planned work in the Palestinian Territory over the next two years. Its central themes are enhancing the prospects for peace, promoting better Palestinian governance institutions and systems and making international aid and development assistance more effective.


15. Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects his Department is supporting in Burma. [197154]

Mr. Gareth Thomas: We are currently supporting the following projects in Burma: Health Unlimited's work to enhance basic health care of Kachin and Wa refugees; the United Nations Development Programme Joint Programme for HIV/AIDS; the Burmese Border Consortium Relief Programme; the International Committee of the Red Cross; and the BBC World Service Trust Drama Project on HIV/AIDS.

Our total bilateral expenditure during the current financial year is expected to be £6.4 million.

Aid Budget

Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of the UK's GNP has been spent on the international aid budget in each year since 1997 for which figures are available. [196816]

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Hilary Benn: The percentage of the UK's Gross National Income (GNI) spent on official development assistance (ODA) in each year from 1997 to 2003 is shown in the following table.
UK ODA as percentage of GNI: 1997 to 2003


We have used GNI rather than GNP because the new system of National Accounts (SNA 1993) co-sponsored by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) and other major international organisations broadened the coverage of Gross National Product and it was renamed Gross National Income.
Statistics in International Development 2004, Table 16.1



Jon Trickett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the latest five year survival rate is for (a) prostate cancer and (b) breast cancer in (i) the Hemsworth constituency, (ii) the Wakefield area and (iii) England are; and if he will make a statement. [197258]

Mr. Timms: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Colin Mowl to Mr. Jon Trickett, dated 10 November 2004:

Five-year age standardised relative survival (%) for patients(3) diagnosed in 1994–96 and followed up to 31 December 2001: Wakefield strategic health authority and England

Survival (%)(95% CI) 2
West Yorkshire strategic health authority
Breast (Women)77(75–78)
Breast (Women)74.9(74.5–75.3)

(3) Adults aged 15–99 years.
(4) The 95% confidence intervals (CI) show the range of uncertainty around each survival rate.

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IT Contracts

Pete Wishart: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which non-accounting and non-information technology external organisations have won new contracts with (a) his Department and (b) executive agencies for which he is responsible in each of the past three years. [196905]

Mr. Timms: Over the last three years, the Chancellors' Departments have awarded a large number of contracts, varying in value and covering a wide range of goods and services (other than accounting and IT). Details of every individual contract could only be provided at disproportionate cost. However, details of contracts of significant value (i.e. over £100,000) have been placed in the Library of the House.

Crown Estates Properties

Mr. Alan Williams: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many properties are on lease from the Crown Estate; how many of these are on lease for (a) 75 years or over, (b) 50 to 74 years and (c) 25 to 49 years; and how many houses are on lease from the Crown Estate for £1 million or more. [195133]

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Mr. Timms: The Crown Estate has over 10,000 leases and licences covering both land and properties.

The Crown Estate has 15 houses with leases valued at over £1 million.

Electoral Roll (Wandsworth)

Tom Cox: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many electors were on the electoral roll in each constituency in the London borough of Wandsworth in each year since 1997. [196729]

Mr. Timms: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Tom Cox, dated 10 November 2004:

Electoral roll totals for parliamentary constituencies in the London borough of Wandsworth, 1997 to 2003 1,2

16 February:
1 December:

(5) Owing to data quality issues, no electoral data were published for parliamentary constituencies in 2000.
(6) In a number of areas, including Wandsworth, 2002 electoral data could not be split between constituencies within a borough. Consequently no figure for 2002 is shown.

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